BREAKING NEWS - Dialysis to lose Specialised Commissioning status
BREAKING NEWS - Dialysis to lose Specialised Commissioning Status
Despite every effort from the renal community – led by NKF and the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group (APPKG), NKF learnt yesterday that Ministers have decided that as from April 1st 2015 Dialysis will be commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and that NHSEngland will no longer be responsible for dialysis.
At a meeting in the Department of Health yesterday (18th November 2014), Richard Jeavons, Director of Specialised Services, told a stunned meeting that Ministers had informed him that Dialysis was no longer to be a Prescribed Service, and that after a period of consultation led by the Department of Health which will run from the end of November for six weeks, a Bill will be introduced in Parliament during February and the change to CCG commissioning will commence on 1st April 2015.
The meeting also learnt that co-commissioning was not an option available to Dialysis unless the move to CCG commissioning failed.
The meeting was not able to learn from Richard Jeavons any detail as to how CCG commissioning would work or what commissioning models would be used.
The Renal community led by the NKF must now consider if there is any further chance to reverse this decision or delay its implementation whilst proper and full consultation takes place ( not over the Christmas period as planned).
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